FEBRUARY 2017

 

 

Tuesday 28 February 2017

It’s still very quiet, with less than two weeks to go until the Cheltenham Festival.

 

There were no results to report yesterday or today and there’s only one runner of interest tomorrow, at Ffos Las:

14:20 Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Sadly the horse fatalities continue to mount, with the Tim Vaughan-trained Fayette County (pictured below) the latest casualty when falling at Catterick today.  RIP

 

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Two horses collapsed and died at Southwell on Sunday – the Chris Gordon-trained The Chuckmeister and the Lucy Wadham-trained Minstrels Gallery.  RIP

 

Choc’s dog Moose went missing yesterday morning but, fortunately, was found a few hours later.

 

Penzance celebrated his actual 16th birthday yesterday; he’s enjoying his retirement in the Welsh Borders, show-jumping with his lady owner. 

 

Unioniste has a new owner, David Maxell, but will continue to be trained by Paul Nicholls. 

 

Lesley and I will be going to see Lee Mead at the Pheasantry in London in late October; part of my next birthday present!

 

My younger brother Neil is a keen tennis player.  He travelled to Roehampton on Saturday evening where he played a match with Wimbledon sensation Marcus Willis!

 

I’ve been waiting for further news regarding Money Maid’s injury, as I did hear an unconfirmed rumour when at Jamie’s yard on Saturday; she’s trained by Graeme McPherson.  Official notification has now come through that she’s picked up a tendon injury and will be out of action for 18 months.  However, she may now be sent off to stud, as age is also against her.

 

In addition, Avealittlepatience has been sent back to her owner/breeder in Ireland, as Fergal O’Brien and Paddy Brennan were of the opinion that she won’t stay far enough to be a National Hunt horse.  There had been an idea to send her to a flat trainer but, having picked up a knock in the field, this idea became untenable for the present.  Fergal is now on the lookout for a replacement horse for the Twitterati Racing Syndicate to lease.

That’s it for the meteorological winter ... spring begins tomorrow for the weather forecasters!

Sunday 26 February 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Fontwell Park:

Winner Massagot (Alan King/Noel Fehily) finished last in the Novices’ Chase (4 ran).

Sir Antony Browne (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

 

Camping Ground, having his first outing for trainer Gary Moore, simply ran away with the Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle!  He won by 29 lengths!

 

Southwell:

Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won the Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran); surviving a stewards’ enquiry in the process.  Martin’s 14th winner of the season.

The Wexfordian (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 2nd in the Selling Handicap Hurdle (14 ran).

 

I can find no runners of interest for tomorrow, at Plumpton or Ayr.

 

There was carnage on the lake ice at St Moritz today, with jockey George Baker injured as a result of a fall during the first race; he was brought down and his mount, the Jamie Osborne-trained Boomerang Bob, was killed sadly (reported to have fractured both hind-legs).  RIP. 

 

I saw Jamie Osborne’s string returning from the gallops yesterday, led by a very pretty appaloosa pony; Jamie Snowden mentioned that his fellow-trainer was taking a party of owners to Switzerland, and had entered a horse in every race.  Evidently there was a hole in the surface of the ice, so someone couldn’t have checked the course properly; disgraceful. 

 

It’s not good news for Barry Geraghty either; his injuries are worse than at first thought and he’s out of the Cheltenham Festival.  According to ATR, it is Mark Walsh who gets the first choice of JP McManus mounts now.

Saturday 25 February 2017

 

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Pride of Pemberley at the Lambourn training grounds;

ridden by Page Fuller

 

 

Wayne Hutchinson wasn’t able to take up his rides today after all, having been signed off for 6 days due to suspected concussion; this was despite the fact that he’d actually passed the recognised tests following yesterday’s fall from Giveaway Glance.  Alan King, who was also at Exeter yesterday, eluded to the fact that Wayne was far from happy about this … and probably even more so, when he missed a winning ride yesterday and again today!!!

 

I’ve only had concussion once … mildly, following a fall from a horse … I didn’t realise what it was at the time, so drove home from Knebworth Park, with passengers I think!  Crazy.  When I got home my eyesight was a little odd too; with shimming ‘schisms’ across my vision.   The vision disruptions have occurred on a handful of occasions since, when my blood sugar level becomes too low – it’s remedied by eating sugary food such as biscuits.  My father drove me to the doctor, where I was examined and sent home; however, I was told to report to the hospital if I vomited within the next few hours.  I did feel nauseous later, but wasn’t actually sick.  Concussion it was.    

 

Anyway, here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) won and Wishing And Hoping (Alan King/Tom Cannon deputising for Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs] (13 ran).

 

Fidux (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd and Master Blueyes (Alan King/Tom Bellamy deputising for Wayne Hutchinson) won the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) (10 ran).

 

Elgin (Alan King/Tom Cannon deputising for Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (7 ran).

 

Annacotty (Alan King/Ian Popham) finished 8th and Viva Steve (Fergal O’Brien/Tom Bellamy deputing for Barry Geraghty) finished 11th in the Betbright Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [3 miles] (13 ran); the Neil Mulholland-trained Pilgrims Bay won the race. 

 

It was not a good day for Nicky Henderson, with Charli Parcs falling 2 out during the Adonis Hurdle; Cocktails At Dawn falling during the Betbright Chase, and Triolo D’Alene pulling up injured having jumped two fences also during the same race. 

 

Barry Geraghty also sustained an injury relating to his fall from Charli Parcs – a slightly collapsed lung and a cracked rib; retained in hospital overnight, Barry hopes to be fit for the Cheltenham Festival next month. 

 

A quick-thinking Jeremiah McGrath was able to pull up Triolo before too much damage was done, although he was, by that stage, unable to use his near-hind; evidently the injury has been diagnosed as a fracture to the ball of the pelvis.  The on-course vets provided excellent care, and connections were able to take the horse home to hopefully recover from what is a career-ending injury.  Cocktails At Dawn was reported to be very sore following his departure; Charli Parcs was none the worse, unlike his jockey. 

 

Sadly at least three other horses were not so lucky yesterday, with Tom Lacey’s Lough Derg Leader fatally injured at Kempton, Peter Bowen’s Ffeebee lost at Chepstow and Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Solar Diety losing his life at Lingfield Park.  RIP.

 

Chepstow:

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards] (13 ran); he’s now qualified to run in the final. 

 

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Harry Cobden) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 11 yards] (7 ran).

 

Wolverhampton:

Forecast (Martin Keighley/Liam Keniry) finished 2nd in the Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs] (9 ran).

 

The Betbright Chase taking place at Kempton Park today proved the perfect opportunity to publicise next month’s Cheltenham Festival’s Betbright Cup; Hector returns, but Choc does not, sadly.  Although I didn’t know the exact date baby Thornton was due, my calculations from publication on facebook of the presumably 13-week hospital scan, arrived at an answer of early to mid-March … so I wasn’t far out.  But, of course, this ruled Choc out of pre-Festival publicity … so Phil Tufnell is his replacement.  I like Phil, I far prefer him to Matt Dawson on Question of Sport … but, of course, he’s just not Choc! L

 

Tomorrow’s runners of interest are as follows:

 

Fontwell Park:

14:00 Winner Massagot (Alan King/Noel Fehily) – Novices’ Chase

15:30 Sir Antony Browne (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Southwell:

15:10 Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:40 The Wexfordian (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Selling Handicap Hurdle

 

I was out and about today; a long day but very enjoyable.  In the morning I visited Jamie Snowden’s yard, and I spent the afternoon and evening in Caversham with my friend Denise. 

 

Jamie has two EPDS horses in his yard currently – Our Reward and Pride of PemberleyWildehearted Woman having been forced to retire due to an injury incurred when falling at Leicester recently. 

 

Not only did we see the majority of the third lot head up the Mandown gallops, we then headed along to the training ground.  Pride of Pemberley jumped a set of barrels and two hurdles, upsides Oliver’s Island; ‘Colin’ was brilliant, but his companion let the side down by crashing out through the wing of the second hurdle!  His rider, a lady who does eventing, lay on the ground and was attended for a handful of minutes; she was fine.  Oliver’s Island galloped off into the open expanse, to be caught by a member of the Jockey Club gallops team a few minutes later.  Page Fuller, who’d been riding Colin, was very pleased with the novice.

 

Page then took Our Reward over a line of three fences, twice.  Again she was pleased; he is able to take his fences on a short or long stride.  Finally she hopped aboard Crown Theatre; a big horse, with plenty of scope.  He also jumped a total of six fences.  He came to Jamie’s yard from Henry de Bromhead; he’d lost his form prior to the transfer but, when his new yard examined his wind, a fragment of blackthorn had been discovered lodged beneath his epiglottis and this was removed.

 

Crown Theatre is a lovely stamp of a horse and, with this issue sorted out, may just be a horse to follow!  He’s currently owned by the Dr Dawn Racing Partnership, and the idea has been mooted that they may join forces with another syndicate with regard to ownership of this particular horse – EPDS has been suggested!   

Friday 24 February 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Warwick:

Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Juvenile Hurdle (9 ran).

Johnny Og (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (7 ran).

Dalton Glance (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) was a non-runner in the ‘Hands and Heels’ Handicap Hurdle (for Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders) due to unsuitable ground.

Future Gilded (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase (Q) [3 miles] (9 ran).

Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

Exeter:

Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell 3 out in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Tom Cannon replaced Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (5 ran).

Chance Taken (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 8th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 175 yards] (12 ran).

 

Wayne is expected to be okay to ride at Kempton Park tomorrow.

 

Ex-Apple Tree Stud’s Silca Wings finished 7th of 11 in the Claiming Race at Navan today.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

13:15 River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) & Wishing And Hoping (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs]

13:50 Fidux (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Master Blueyes (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)

15:00 Elgin (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

15:35 Annacotty (Alan King/Ian Popham) & Viva Steve (Fergal O’Brien/Barry Geraghty) – Betbright Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [3 miles]

 

Chepstow:

15:40 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [ 2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]

 

16:15 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Harry Cobden) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 11 yards]

 

Wolverhampton:

18:15 Forecast (Martin Keighley/Liam Keniry) – Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs]

 

There were problems on the local roads at lunchtime.  Having walked to the town centre and back, I decided to drive to the local bank branch because I was feeling tired.  However, there was a long tailback caused by, firstly a car accident, with police in attendance, and then phased temporary traffic lights due to road-works.  There seemed to be numerous maniac drivers, none with any patience or road sense, performing dangerous manoeuvres into the path of oncoming vehicles; it happened to me. 

 

I’m out and about visiting tomorrow; I’m off to see my friend Denise, via Jamie Snowden’s yard in Lambourn!  J

Thursday 23 February 2017

 

 

Many congratulations to Choc and Jennie

 

 

Storm Doris arrived today … and so did Choc and Jennie’s son, at 09:47 this morning!  Mother and baby are doing fine, and William has been to the hospital to meet his new brother too.  The proud father has posted photos on facebook. J 

 

Choc is introducing his son as Wolfie Robert Thornton.  23 February makes him a pisces; a water sign just like Choc. 

 

I got caught out by Doris; I decided to go to work early as I’m on annual leave tomorrow and had a backlog of tasks to clear. Unfortunately, this coincided with a cloudburst and I got absolutely soaked, although not quite as wet as during last June’s thunderstorm!  Once at work, I decided I needed a change of clothes, so mum delivered a new set of everything, apart from knickers and a bra!  Although the latter was rather damp too! 

 

Seeing all the travel problems on the news, reminds me of the time when I temped in London and almost got stuck at St Pancras; only the London to Sheffield diesel trains were able to run because the overhead cables on the London to Bedford service had been damaged due to high winds. 

 

Doris also resulted in Huntingdon’s fixture being abandoned!   

 

Anyway, after all of today’s excitement, here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Warwick:

14:30 Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Juvenile Hurdle

15:35 Johnny Og (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

16:10 Dalton Glance (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) – ‘Hands and Heels’ Handicap Hurdle (for Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders)

16:45 Future Gilded (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Handicap Chase (Q) [3 miles]

17:15 Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Exeter:

14:45 Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:15 Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

17:25 Chance Taken (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 175 yards]

 

I notice that the ex-Apple Tree Stud’s Silca Wings runs in a Claiming Race at Navan tomorrow.

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Firstly, Graeme McPherson’s vet has been to visit Money Maid and, as there is no heat in her tendon, the opinion is that she just kicked herself when eased down following the race.  She will continue to be monitored for the next 48 to 72 hours and the vet will return if anything changes.  

 

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Ludlow:

Lexington Law (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Maiden Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards] (15 ran).

Forgetthesmalltalk (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 174 yards] (8 ran).

Bingo D’Olivate (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) finished 8th and Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle (1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards] (12 ran).

Authorized Too (Noel Williams/William Featherstone) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 55 yards] (11 ran).

 

Doncaster:

Timoteo (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (8 ran).

Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was a non-runner (unsuitable ground) in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 84 yards]

Canford Chimes (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty/Apple Tree Stud) finished a promising 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (13 ran); he started at 20-1, so would have been worth an each-way bet!  I did tweet Choc and he ‘favourited’ it! J

 

Tomorrow, again, there are a number of runners of interest, at Huntingdon:

13:30 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Chris Ward/EPDS Racing – Twitterati Syndicate) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 145 yards].  However, he’s not a certain runner, he’s had a sore foot and heavy rain is forecast tonight too.

14:00 Sir Antony Browne (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:10 Kassis (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) – Mares’ Chase (Listed)

16:20 Chato (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Maiden Hurdle Div I

16:55 Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) & Midnight Merlot (Noel Williams/Ian Popham) – NH Maiden Hurdle Div II

 

This year due to popularity, Oaklands College’s Lambing Live event is for ticket holders only.  It’s still free, but numbers need to be limited.  I’ve booked. J I love lambs …and definitely not accompanied by mint sauce! 

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Wetherby:

Money Maid (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) won and Mollyanna (Jamie Snowden/Richie McLernon) finished 5th in the Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase (7 ran).

 

However, Money Maid did finish lame in a foreleg; the racecourse vet found heat in the leg but it is too early to know if it might be tendon related; Graeme’s vet will take a look at her in the morning:

Race 2 - 2:30pm
THE TBA/EBF MARES' NOVICES' HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 4)

The Stewards noted that the winner, MONEY MAID (IRE), ridden by Kielan Woods, finished lame and CHASMA, placed second, ridden by Jake Greenall, was suffering from post-race heat stress. They did not enter the winner’s enclosure on veterinary advice.

The Veterinary Officer reported that ACES OVER EIGHTS (IRE), unplaced, trained by Kerry Lee, had bled from the nose.

Taunton:

Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (17 ran).

Cajun Fiddle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Handsome Sam (Alan King/William Featherstone) finished 4th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (8 ran).

Top Tug (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 104 yards] (10 ran).

 

There is a long list of runners of interest tomorrow too:

 

Ludlow:

14:00 Lexington Law (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards]

15:05 Forgetthesmalltalk (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 174 yards]

16:10 Bingo D’Olivate (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) & Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards]

17:20 Authorized Too (Noel Williams/William Featherstone) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 55 yards]

 

Doncaster:

14:45 Timoteo (Alan King/Tom Cannon) - Juvenile Hurdle

15:15 Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 84 yards]

16:55 Canford Chimes (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty/Apple Tree Stud) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

The jury is still out with regards to Avealittlepatience; the trainer feels that she doesn’t stay 2 miles, but won’t be able to win over 1½ miles on the flat because her rivals will travel too fast for her!

 

The major story today is that Thistlecrack has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Gold Cup having sustained a tendon injury:

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49278/thistlecrack-ruled-out-of-cheltenham-gold-cup

 

So now there are ten Festival absentees …

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49280/nine-big-guns-to-miss-the-cheltenham-festival

 

But, looking on the bright side, it gives all of the other horses a better chance of winning a big prize!!!

Monday 20 February 2017

Just one runner of interest today and this is how she fared, at Lingfield Park:

 

Avealittlepatience (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan/EPDS Racing – Twitterati Syndicate) finished 8th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race [All weather] (13 ran).  She’s by Dubai Destination and related to both flat horses and jumpers; Paddy suggested a shorter trip on the flat next time out.

 

There are seven runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Wetherby:

14:30 Money Maid (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) & Mollyanna (Jamie Snowden/Richie McLernon) – Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

Taunton:

14:20 Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:20 Cajun Fiddle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:50 Handsome Sam (Alan King/William Featherstone) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:20 Top Tug (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 104 yards]

 

To confirm that I’m now old, I’ve just insured my car with Saga!  I’ve insured it for social and domestic as I always do, because I walk to work; fingers crossed that I won’t have to add commuting to the cost soon. 

Sunday 19 February 2017

I was out and about visiting family yesterday so, by the time I got home, I wasn’t feeling inclined to update my blog before I went to bed … so here are yesterday’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Ascot:

Criq Rock (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

 

Fletchers Flyer (Harry Fry/Noel Fehily) finished 3rd but Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (5 ran).

 

Ordo Ab Chao (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 12th and My Khaleesi (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 58 yards] (16 ran).

 

Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/William Featherstone) finished 10th and Spellbound (Alan King/James Banks) finished 9th in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 118 yards] (14 ran).

 

Cadeaux’s Fire (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

Cue Card won the Grade 1 Ascot Chase with ease; Taquin Du Seuil finished 4th (6 ran). 

 

Wincanton:

Yanworth (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) won and Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 3rd in the Kingwell Hurdle (Group 2) (6 ran).

 

And here are today’s results for my runners of interest too:

 

Ffos Las:

Midnight Silver (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) won the Mares’ Handicap Chase (5 ran).

 

Market Rasen:

Want The Fairytale (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

 

Martha McCandles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (5 ran).

 

Asuncion (Rebecca Menzies/Jamie Hamilton/EPDS Racing) finished last in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards] (4 ran).

 

There is one runner of interest tomorrow, at Lingfield Park:

13:50 Avealittlepatience (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan/EPDS Racing – Twitterati syndicate) – Standard Open NH Flat Race [All weather]. 

 

I notice that Miles From Memphis ran at Navan today, for his new Irish connections; he won at a price of 25-1!  (11 ran)

 

Gerard Tumelty tweeted a photograph of Apple Tree Stud’s first foal of the season; a filly by Frankel. 

Choc retweeted it too.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Gertumeltynew/status/833004624504303616/photo/1

 

It transpires that Cliffs of Dover’s injury is worse than the initial diagnosis suggested; he will miss the Triumph Hurdle and the remainder of the season too. 

 

The Dessie and Kauto Star statues look forlorn as the sun sets over Kempton Park: 

https://mobile.twitter.com/kemptonparkrace/status/833008285997527045/photo/1

 

I’ve been slaving over a hot laptop today; putting my affairs in order, due to an uncertain future!  Grrrrrrrrrrrr! 

 

I’ve also broken out in spots; I’m susceptible due to my medication, and stress only makes the situation worse.  I experienced a really bad outbreak during last year’s Cheltenham Festival … and I recall that being a particularly stressful week!!!

Friday 17 February 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Sandown Park:

Baraymi (Jamie Snowden/Jamie Bargary) pulled up in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

Exmoor Mist (Victor Dartnell/Nick Scholfield) pulled up and Mr Muddle (Gary Moore/William Clarke) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [1 mile & furlongs & 119 yards] (9 ran).

Ardkilly Witness (Jamie Snowden/Major Harry Wallace) finished 2nd in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup (Military Amateur Riders) (7 ran).

Willoughby Hedge (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [3 miles & 37 yards] (9 ran); Wayne’s 65th winner of the season.

Dun Bay Creek (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ascot:

13:15 Criq Rock (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:50  Fletchers Flyer (Harry Fry/Noel Fehily) & Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) - Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)

15:00 Ordo Ab Chao (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & My Khaleesi (Alan King/Tom Cannon) - Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 58 yards].  Ordo Ab Chao returns following 680 days away from the racecourse due to pneumonia.

16:10 Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/William Featherstone) & Spellbound (Alan King/James Banks) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 118  yards]

16:45 Cadeaux’s Fire (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

The Grade 1 Ascot Chase takes place at 15:35 and features Cue Card, Irish Cavalier, Royal Regatta, Shantou Flyer, Taquin Du Seuil and Traffic Fluide.

 

Wincanton:

14:45 Yanworth (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) & Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Kingwell Hurdle (Group 2)

 

Here are Sunday’s runners of interest:

 

Ffos Las:

15:20 Midnight Silver (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Mares’ Handicap Chase

 

Market Rasen:

14:00 Want The Fairytale (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

14:30 Martha McCandles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

16:00 Asuncion (Rebecca Menzies/Jamie Hamilton/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards]

 

Today, I’m seething ... I don’t know why I bother because, due to people’s ignorance, even my absolute best efforts have not been appreciated.  I hate starting the weekend in a bad mood ... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Thursday 16 February 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Kelso:

Cyrus Darius (Malcolm Jefferson/Brian Hughes) won the Morebattle Hurdle (4 ran).

 

Leicester:

The rain arrived and, as a result, both Winner Massagot and Money Maid were non-runners.

 

Lingfield Park:

Zabeel Star (Graeme McPherson/Liam Keniry) finished 3rd in the Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs] (10 ran).

 

Chelmsford:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Mr B Lynn/EPDS Racing) finished 4th in the Handicap (Amateur Riders) [1 mile] (6 ran); not the best of rides given by the amateur evidently.

 

There are a number of runners of interest at Sandown Park tomorrow:

13:40 Baraymi (Jamie Snowden/Jamie Bargary) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

14:20 Exmoor Mist (Victor Dartnell/Nick Scholfield) & Mr Muddle (Gary Moore/William Clarke) – Handicap Chase [1 mile & furlongs & 119 yards]

15:15 Ardkilly Witness (Jamie Snowden/Major Harry Wallace) – Royal Artillery Gold Cup (Military Amateur Riders)

16:15 Willoughby Hedge (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [3 miles & 37 yards]

16:45 Dun Bay Creek (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

I’m completely shattered today.  I’ve been up since 05:30; I got to work at 07:55 and then worked through non-stop until 17:50.  I’ve got too much work and not enough time ...

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Towcester:

Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Richie McLernon) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 102 yards] (8 ran).

Oliver’s Island (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 4th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow too:

 

Kelso:

14:25 Cyrus Darius (Malcolm Jefferson/Brian Hughes) – Morebattle Hurdle

 

Leicester:

15:45 Winner Massagot (Alan King/Noel Fehily) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:20 Money Maid (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Mares’ Handicap Chase

 

Lingfield Park:

17:00 Zabeel Star (Graeme McPherson/Liam Keniry) – Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs]

 

Chelmsford:

17:50 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Mr B Lynn/EPDS Racing) – Handicap (Amateur Riders) [1 mile]

 

In his weekly column, Alan King revealed that Kayf Mariner, which finished 5th in the Listed Bumper at Newbury on Saturday, collapsed and died having returned to the stable yard.  RIP  The trainer thought he was one of Barbury Castle’s better bumper horses this season; Kayf Mariner was part-owned by the Kelvin-Hughes who bred him.  That’s the second bumper horse the yard has lost this season, shortly after a race; and he also joins poor Laissez Dire and an unnamed youngster that broke a leg on the gallops.

 

But there’s better news regarding another of Alan’s charges; following his runner-up placing on Sunday, Harefield has booked his place in Newbury’s valuable DBS bumper.

Tuesday 14 February 2017

Just one result today, from Fontwell Park:

Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 2nd in the Intermediate NH Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders) (7 ran).

 

And two runners of interest tomorrow, at Towcester:

16:10 Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Richie McLernon) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 102 yards]

16:40 Oliver’s Island (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

The Racing Post website has been updated ... I’m not sure that I like the new format ... but that’s probably because I like familiarity and hate change!!!

Monday 13 February 2017

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Fontwell Park:

16:30 Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Intermediate NH Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders)

 

Stallion Fame And Glory has passed away due to a suspected heart attack; he was covering a mare at the time.  Oh well, I suppose if you have to go ... RIP

 

Will Kennedy reached a milestone today, it’s the first time he’s ridden 50 winners in a season; he rode a double for trainer Donald McCain at Catterick.

 

Cheltenham Racecourse is to clamp down on unruly behaviour at this year’s Festival, with drinks per transaction being limited and the bars closing earlier than usual.  This follows the lead of the local Council and the police, as they have been cracking down on drunken behaviour outside the venue and in town.

 

At the weekend, Choc and family visited his parents in Leicestershire and they were out and about with the local hunt:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/831091478067867648/photo/1

 

My car was serviced and successfully underwent its MOT today too.  The cost was far less than last year and was £70 under the budget I’d set aside too. J  And I don’t need new tyres yet either.  However, the one newer tyre did need to be repaired because it had a nail in it!  Typical. 

 

I’ve also investigated the possibility of insuring the car with a different company from my current one and, although I can’t do so until a maximum of 30 days prior to the renewal date, it should cost at least £13 less a month than last year.  Although there’s always the risk I will eventually need to insure it as a commuter, due to the office relocation later in the year, rather than for solely social use as at present.  

It is half term this week and the road repairers are now out in force.  There were temporary traffic lights due to a water leak on my driving route this morning, and a further set on my walking route to collect my car this afternoon; also road closures and diversions due to resurfacing near the City station.

However today, I did learn that I’m useless at parallel parking, despite driving a small Fiesta!  There wasn’t enough space on the small garage forecourt when I arrived, so I was asked to park in a resident’s bay opposite.  If it had been a double space as required in the new driving test then I’d have been okay, but there was just one space with a car in front and one behind too.  In the end, a guy at the garage moved an Escort into a resident’s bay whilst I drove around the block and parked on the forecourt instead!           

Sunday 12 February 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Exeter:

 

Fortified Bay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran).

 

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) (13 ran).

 

Carraig Mor (Alan King/Noel Fehily) paddled through the open-ditch and fell during the Graduation Chase; Alary took a heavy fall three out too (4 ran).  Tea For Two beat Henri Parry Morgan to win the race. Alary was fine and was led away, having been initially winded; Carraig Mor is solely listed as fell, so presumably was okay too.  

 

Minella Charmer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Chase (6 ran).

 

Harefield (Alan King/ Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race; an excellent debut from the rules newcomer (15 ran).

 

As expected, Finian’s Oscar won the 5-runner Listed Novices’ Hurdle.

 

A few days ago it was announced that Goonyella has been retired.

 

There are two National Hunt fixtures tomorrow, at Plumpton and Catterick, but no runners of interest. 

 

I found a skein of grey SMC Foxy yarn in my stash, so today I made a scarf using a crochet hook; it’s what is described as an eye-lash yarn. Unfortunately, however, the yarn does tend to shed a lot of fluff!  I know this because I already have turquoise and burgundy Foxy scarves which I made a number of years ago. 

    

My car goes in for its service and MOT tomorrow; hopefully it will cost less than the £800+ of last year.  Although I will probably need three new tyres this time around, as they are originals; the fourth having been replaced two or three years ago.

Saturday 11 February 2017

I was glad to stay at home today, having postponed a visit to family in Bedfordshire due to the unpredictable weather. 

 

The sleety showers didn’t put off those who ventured to Newbury however, as they got their biggest ‘Super Saturday’ crowd for four years! 

 

Here are the results for my runners of interest:

 

Newbury:

Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran).

 

William H Bonney (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 11th in the Betfair Hurdle (Grade 3) (16 ran).

 

Native River (Colin Tizzard/Aidan Coleman) won the Grade 2 Denman Chase (3 ran); Bristol De Mai finished a disappointing last.  Aidan replaced Richard Johnson aboard the Tizzard runner.  Dickie stood himself down because he was feeling unwell; a mixture of flu and the after-effects of a recent fall were reported to be the reasons.

 

I realise I should have listed Native River as a separate entity, as I’ve been a fan since noticing him on Cheltenham Trials Day in January 2015.  Like clothes, I was initially drawn to his colour and flashy markings – and I can now feel the quality too … the second-most important consideration when buying clothes! 

 

I love Native River; he’s my favourite of the ‘Tizzard Trio’. 

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49080/native-river-delivers-for-tizzard-team-in-denman-test

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/mjyharris/status/830514865387270149/photo/1

 

Denman made an appearance at Newbury. He has now retired from team chasing and is no longer ridden; age has caught up with him.  Sprinter Sacre was also paraded. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/tiamilodolly/status/830493684374319105/photo/1

 

Kayf Mariner (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th and Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman again replaced Richard Johnson) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) (10 ran). That was an excellent result for Jamie’s charge, although he only arrived at the yard quite recently; he was the 33-1 joint-outsider!

 

Here is a photo of Dans Le Vent, “In the wind”, on the Lambourn gallops.

https://mobile.twitter.com/jamiesnowden/status/830468889683312642/photo/1

 

The Grade 2 ‘Game Spirit’ Chase was won in very impressive style by novice Altior (4 ran).

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49081/electric-altior-crushes-newbury-rivals-take-firm-grip-on-arkle

 

I totally agree with Nicky Henderson that Altior should run in the Arkle.  There’s no point over-facing the outstanding novice before it is necessary; especially when it would be Douvan that he would have to take on in the Champion Chase. That’s provided Douvan doesn’t fall by the wayside due to injury like so many of the Rich Ricci horses have been doing this season.

 

It’s great to see the hardy Ballyandy win the Betfair Hurdle; it’s the most valuable hurdle race in Europe.  It was another great day for the Twiston-Davies team, as they also won Warwick’s Grade 2 Kingmaker Novices’ Chase with Flying Angel; also, Templehills won a Handicap Chase at the same track, with Dave Crosse aboard!

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49084/ballyandy-battles-to-betfair-success-for-twiston-davies-team

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/AtTheRaces/status/830452655864549379/photo/1

 

Here is Racing UK’s round-up for the day:

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49089/five-things-we-learnt-on-saturday-altior-has-no-issues-with-soft-ground

 

Uttoxeter finally went ahead after what I think was the third inspection. The problem was snow on the covers!  Anyway, it was fortunate that it did, because …

Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Richie McLernon) won the Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs] (9 ran).

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/jamiesnowden/status/830427224859955201/photo/1

 

There are a number of runners of interest at Exeter tomorrow:

13:50 Fortified Bay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

14:50 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier)

15:40 Carraig Mor (Alan King/Noel Fehily) – Graduation Chase; he returns after an absence of 674 days and faces Alary, Henri Parry Morgan and Tea For Two.

16:20 Minella Charmer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

16:50 Harefield (Alan King/ Wayne Hutchinson) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

The talented Finian’s Oscar runs in the Listed Novices’ Hurdle at 14:20.

 

Whilst enjoying the racing this afternoon, I knitted a snood.  I had 3 balls of Sirdar Indie yarn in my stash; I recall buying them many moons ago during a trip to Hobbycraft. I understand Indie has been discontinued by the manufacturer more recently.  My tension tends to be loose, so I used size 10 needles instead of 12, and a loop design intended for use with Sirdar’s Smudge yarn.  I even knitted the ends together at the same time as I cast off; I’m very pleased with it. J 

 

I’ve also remembered that I have 2 balls of purple chenille yarn … they would make a lovely snood too!  I’ve also got 3 balls of Flutterby chenille yarn to make a snood or scarf and a hat!  It’s amazing what I find in my yarn stash ... every keen knitter has one!  One of my work colleagues, Joelle, has a stash of yarn to knit socks.    

 

It has been reported that the American owners of Clinton Cards may close a large percentage of their high-street stores; they have been refurbishing many of them, but the leases on others are due to run out soon:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/02/11/hundreds-jobs-risk-clinton-cards-considers-mass-store-closures/

 

The problem is that high streets are dying on their feet at present, due to the high rates and the mushrooming of internet shopping; they are being replaced by coffee shops and restaurants, etc.  There used to be three independent knitting/crafts shops in St Albans; just one remains … and I’m as guilty as the next person of shopping online because there’s just so much more choice thereon.   

Friday 10 February 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

Don’tminddboys (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) was pulled up and Godsmejudge (David Dennis/Noel Fehily) was also pulled up in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 5 furlongs & 142 yards] (11 ran).

 

Kempton Park:

Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 5th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle Div I (10 ran).

Thomas Shelby (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle Div II (9 ran).

Bulfin Island (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 9th & both Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) and Pattara (Noel Williams/William Featherstone) were non-runners in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs] (16 ran); Bulfin Island’s chances were compromised when he made a bad mistake just after half way.

Cup Of Ambition (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished last in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race (16 ran).

 

As expected, Politologue won the Graduation Chase in style, the winning distance exaggerated after Pain Au Chocolat made a serious error at the second last.

 

I was surprised to see Will Kennedy riding today, as he received a 2-day ban at Doncaster on 27 January – perhaps he launched a successful appeal.  Wayne sat out today, but will be riding at Newbury tomorrow – was his ban reduced, or commuted to serve the second day at a different time?

 

Considering it’s a busy day of NH racing tomorrow, there aren’t many runners of interest:

 

Newbury:

13:15 Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:35 William H Bonney (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Betfair Hurdle (Grade 3)

16:45 Kayf Mariner (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Richard Johnson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)

 

The Grade 2 Denman Chase takes place at 14:25 and features 3 runners – Bristol De Mai, Native River and Le Mercurey. 

 

The Grade 2 ‘Game Spirit’ Chase will be run at 15:00 with 5 declared – Fox Norton, Altior, Dodging Bullets, Gino Trail and Traffic Fluide. 

 

Uttoxeter (which is subject to a 07:30 inspection):

14:20 Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Richie McLernon) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs]

 

There are no runners of interest at Warwick.

 

There was a scare at Newbury today, with what appeared at first to be an unexploded bomb discovered on site, although well away from the main grandstands area.  However, having called in the bomb squad, the object turned out to be an old fire extinguisher!!!

 

Wildehearted Woman (aka Wilma) is reported to be making good progress in her recovery from the career-ending injury.  But the conflict created in connection to Menace’s removal from Hannah Bishop’s loving care does shake one’s confidence somewhat.  It has since been stressed that they never sell any of their ex-racers, solely loan them out.  So, with Menace continuing to suffer from mild lameness, I presume EPDS has decided to take control of his treatment and thus the costs too; I guess they can only do that by looking after him themselves.  It’s a shame that they didn’t take Menace immediately into their care when he was retired and then, once sound, loan him out to Hannah, rather than the other way around.  I guess hindsight is a wonderful thing.  I just hope Menace is happy in his new home, with his new horsey friends – Wilma and Shilpa. 

 

It’s been sleeting today and I was out and about this morning.  I walked to town to buy a lotto ticket in WH Smiths, and to sort out a new mobile phone contract with O2.  As I like my current Samsung phone, I decided to go with a Sim only contract moving forward, and it saves money too!  I also popped into M & S, Boots, Superdrug, The Works, Waterstones and Wilkinsons, plus the local supermarket on my way home.

 

A number of these shop visits were because I was searching for Simple Regeneration age resisting eye cream ... I drew a blank, although I found numerous tubes of Simple Eye Balm on sale. Having got home, I checked the Boots online shop and have now ordered 3, for the price of 2, tubes of this product. J I shall collect them from the high street shop on Monday.  I love order and collect; it saves so much money … although I would have saved more if I’d not bought anything in the first place!!!     

 

I must be ill, as the only purchase I made whilst out, apart from the phone contract and lotto ticket, was 4 notebooks and 4 plastic wallets in Wilkinsons and they only cost a total of £8.00. 

Thursday 09 February 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Huntingdon:

Messire Des Obeaux (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (Listed); the race was won by Keeper Hill, trained by Warren Greatrex and owned by the McNeill Family.

Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd and Gibralfaro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 137 yards] (10 ran).

Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th and Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race Div I (9 ran).

 

Doncaster:

Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) won the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 84 yards] (11 ran).  A far happier trip to Donny than late last month when Jamie lost Orchard Park.

 

Jamie is hoping to run Three Ways at the Cheltenham Festival, in the Pertemps Final, as the horse is qualified; fingers crossed he’s not balloted out.  

 

Chelmsford:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Paula Muir/EPDS Racing) won the Apprentice Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs] (13 ran).

 

Lingfield Park:

Dalavand (Lauren Mongan/Ollie Jago/Ex-AppleTree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap Div II [1 mile 5 furlongs] (10 ran).

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

15:20 Don’tminddboys (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) & Godsmejudge (David Dennis/Noel Fehily) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 5 furlongs & 142 yards]

 

Kempton Park:

13:40 Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

14:10 Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Hurdle Div I

14:40 Thomas Shelby (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle Div II

15:45 Bulfin Island (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) & Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Pattara (Noel Williams/William Featherstone) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs]

16:50 Cup Of Ambition (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Maiden Open NH Flat Race

 

There are just two entries for the Graduation Chase, namely Pain Au Chocolat and Politologue.

 

Having taken a crunching fall at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, when certain of winning, Might Bite returned to action in style at Doncaster:

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49039/might-bite-puts-kempton-fall-behind-him-in-winning-doncaster-return

 

Following the premature death of Walter Swinburn, the coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death; he fell from a window and suffered a fatal head injury. 

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49029/walter-swinburn-died-after-falling-from-bathroom-window

 

I’m on annual leave tomorrow and Monday.  However, at the moment, I’m feeling a bit icky …

Wednesday 08 February 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Ludlow:

Bettatogether (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell 2 out and Midnight Jitterbug (Noel Williams/Ian Popham) finished 4th in the NH Maiden Hurdle (15 ran).

Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Chase (4 ran).

Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (7 ran).

Master Blueyes (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Juvenile Hurdle (12 ran).

Beneagles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd, beaten a short-head, in the Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

 

That’s Wayne’s 62nd, 63rd and 64th winners of the season.  He’s obviously stocking up on winners ahead of his 2-day whip ban which comes into effect this coming Friday and Saturday!  Will Kennedy was also awarded a 2-day ban following the same Doncaster race when they fought out the finish ... and, strangely enough, Will also rode a treble today, at Carlisle!!!

 

Huntingdon:

14:20 Messire Des Obeaux (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Novices’ Hurdle (Listed)

14:50 Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Gibralfaro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 137 yards]

15:55 Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) - Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race Div I

 

Doncaster:

15:30 Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 84 yards]

 

Chelmsford:

17:50 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Paula Muir/EPDS Racing) – Apprentice Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs]

 

Lingfield Park:

15:40 Dalavand (Lauren Mongan/Ollie Jago/Ex-AppleTree Stud) – Handicap Div II [1 mile 5 furlongs]

 

It transpires that Hannah Bishop was very surprised that EPDS Racing wanted to take Menace back into their care; she’d hoped that she, or at least Mrs Prowting, would be permitted to purchase him at some point and keep him for life.  Needless to say, relationships are now very strained.  It’s such a shame when friendship is destroyed all because of horses and their perceived care, but it seems to happen regularly within horseracing circles. 

 

Mark Bradstock has issued a ‘positive bulletin’ regarding Coneygree and hopes to have him back in action at either Aintree or Punchestown. 

 

With overnight temperatures expected to plummet below zero overnight on Thursday and Friday, Newbury covered their track yesterday.  It’s predicted temperatures will rise to a maximum of 3 degrees on Saturday, with a wind chill factor making it feel even colder!   

 

Tomorrow is my ‘Friday’ ... I’m still very busy at work but can’t put off taking my 2016 carried-forward days much longer, as time is running out.  I’ve also booked Monday as holiday; my car is being serviced. 

Tuesday 07 February 2017

There were 5 runners of interest today and this is how they fared:

 

Market Rasen:

Getback In Paris (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) finished 5th in the Juvenile Hurdle (8 ran).

Bastien (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards] (11 ran).

Handsome Sam (Alan King/William Featherstone) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran).

 

Hereford:

Kaspian Tern (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) was pulled up in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (5 ran).

Tomorrow’s runners of interest at Ludlow are as follows:

13:40 Bettatogether (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Midnight Jitterbug (Noel Williams/Ian Popham) – NH Maiden Hurdle

14:10 Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

14:40 Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:40 Master Blueyes (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

16:50 Beneagles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Cliffs Of Dover picked up a knock prior to his absence from Musselburgh last weekend, so Paul Nicholls isn’t sure if his only Triumph Hurdle entry will be ready in time for the Cheltenham Festival; just five weeks away now!  If not, he could go to Aintree instead.

 

Ar Mad will miss the Festival as connections don’t wish to rush him; he may go to Aintree or Punchestown.

 

I presume one of AppleTree Stud’s mares is expecting a Frankel foal to arrive at any moment:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/828295843199479810/photo/1

 

Menace has returned into the direct care of EPDS Racing; he joins Wildehearted Woman at the EPDS Equine livery yard of their Managing Partner Tracey Sloan in Berkshire.  Sadly he’s still got a few soundness issues, so these need to be sorted out before they can find him a suitable loan home.

 

Pride Of Pemberley has come out his bumper race very well and it’s yet to be decided if he goes to the Goffs/DBS Sales race at Newbury or a lower grade race at a stiffer track such as Towcester or Carlisle.  He’s a galloper, rather than a speedy type, so a longer distance over hurdles next season will suit him better. 

 

With worries over work, I’ve not been sleeping well; I woke before 04:00 this morning and haven’t been to sleep since then.  I’m in an angry frame of mind for much of the time, and I’m also now flagging due to lack of rest ... 

 

Monday 06 February 2017

Just one runner of interest today, at Wolverhampton:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Oisin Murphy/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap [1 mile 141 yards] (13 ran).

 

There are 5 runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Market Rasen:

13:50 Getback In Paris (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:50 Bastien (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:25 Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards]

16:00 Handsome Sam (Alan King/William Featherstone) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

 

Hereford:

15:50 Kaspian Tern (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

There was news today that both Faugheen and Min will miss the Cheltenham Festival.  Faugheen has a stress fracture of his right-hand ilium bone; that’s in his rump evidently.  And Min has a bone bruise on one of his cannon bones.  Talk about fortunes changing within the space of a year.  So I guess Gordon Elliott will be leading the Irish charge this year, not Willie Mullins.

Sunday 05 February 2017

Here are yesterday’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Wetherby:

Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 26 yards] (8 ran).

 

A link to Racing UK’s twitter feed, showing Ami passing the winning post:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Racing_UK/status/827902480591646721/photo/1

 

And an article about Graeme’s McPherson’s race-day double:

http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10756210/graeme-mcpherson-enjoys-wetherby-double

 

RUK’s/ITV’s Rishi Persad described Ami as “just admirable from top to bottom” … Ami is collecting quite a fan base due to his preferred front-running style, his ability to jump well, and to battle for all he is worth in a finish!

 

Pride Of Pemberley (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman/EPDS Racing) finished 4th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

Here is a picture of Pride of Pemberley following the race, courtesy of Jamie Snowden’s twitter feed.

 

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C31g6orWcAAAQg5.jpg

 

I wish I could afford to be part of his syndicate L although, having named him, I do feel like an honorary member. 

 

Sandown Park:

Coeur De Lion (Alan King/Tom Cannon) won the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/48908/coeur-de-lion-roars-at-sandown-for-alan-king

 

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Richard Johnson) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 119 yards] (7 ran); but he was returning to action following a longer than usual, for him, break.

 

This is what you call a proper selfieBrodie Hampson with Sandown winner Lord of the Island, trained by Fergal O’Brien:

https://mobile.twitter.com/FOBRacing/status/828163309694251009/photo/1

 

Musselburgh:

13:30 Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Triumph Hurdle Trial (Listed).

The race was won by Her Majesty the Queen’s Forth Bridge; Fidux carries the dark blue and white colours:

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/48910/royal-runner-forth-bridge-triumphs-at-musselburgh

 

Yanworth will be back cantering on Tuesday, following his minor muscle-pull setback.  I wonder which horse Barry Geraghty will chose to ride following yesterday’s impressive victory by Buveur D’Air in the Listed Contenders Hurdle at Sandown?  Perhaps Yanworth is a better bet for the 2 mile 4 furlong Aintree Hurdle in April.

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/48911/buveur-dair-enhances-champion-hurdle-claims-after-sandown-stroll

 

Top Notch won the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase in style to book a place at Cheltenham, probably in the JLT Novices. 

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/48912/top-notch-performance-at-sandown

 

There were no runners of interest today.

 

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Wolverhampton:

17:50 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Oisin Murphy/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile 141 yards]

 

I’m still being useless with regards to finding the motivation to do things at home … even if it’s just to knit a woollen hat, as I have got a stash of wool … no surprise there then!  I have, however, restrung one of my necklaces which had become seriously tarnished because it had silver-plated findings rather than sterling silver; the latter cleans, whereas the former does not.    

 

And, last but definitely not least, many happy returns of the day to my niece Lydia.

Friday 03 February 2017

As there were no runners of interest today, due to Chepstow being waterlogged, I decided against writing a blog yesterday … so here are yesterday’s results for my runners of interest at Wincanton:

 

Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 2nd and Sir Antony Browne (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran); Wayne’s 61st winner of the season.  Alan was concerned that Sir Antony Browne might not retain all his ability following a tie-back wind operation, so he’ll be very pleased with this.

Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) was a non-runner in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle

River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) fell during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 166 yards] (9 ran).

Cogburn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

There are runners of interest ‘all over the place’ tomorrow:

 

Wetherby:

14:15 Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Hurdle; the ‘tongue-less’ horse!

15:20 Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 26 yards]

16:25 Pride Of Pemberley (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman/EPDS Racing) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

Colin’ is doing okay for pilots – Richard Johnson on his debut run and Aidan Coleman tomorrow!

 

Sandown Park:

12:40 Coeur De Lion (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:15 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 119 yards]

 

Musselburgh:

13:30 Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Triumph Hurdle Trial (Listed); he will be Alan’s first runner at the Scottish track.  The trainer obviously had a change of heart about the trip, as he stated in his Weekender column that it was odds against the long journey taking place!

 

I’ve no plans for the weekend; I’m still unsettled due to the plans for the office relocation later in the year.  I’m also grumpy, because I’d hoped to take half a day’s holiday today but had too much work to do.  I’ve still got 3½ days leave to take before the end of the month. 

Wednesday 01 February 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Leicester:

Carningli (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) finished 6th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (9 ran).

Laser Light (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 3rd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (5 ran).

 

Kempton Park:

Zabeel Star (Graeme McPherson/Robert Winston) finished 4th in the Handicap (Qualifier) [1 mile 3 furlongs] (12 ran).

 

There are five runners of interest tomorrow, at Wincanton:

13:25 Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) & Sir Antony Browne (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:35 Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:10 River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 166 yards]

16:45 Cogburn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

There’s further good news regarding Wilma; EPDS Racing has now come to an agreement with her owner/breeder and can now keep her.  Once she’s recovered from her injury, she will become a broodmare.

 

Yanworth has suffered a minor setback, he’s tweaked his hindquarters.  As a result, he won’t run in the Contenders’ Hurdle at Sandown Park on Saturday; Buveur D’Air will represent owner JP McManus instead.  Alan’s new plan is to run Yanworth in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on 18 February, along with his other yard representative Sceau Royal. 

 

Once more, I’m so busy at work that I’m getting forgetful.  Today I forgot to bring home my lunch-box and my copy of the Weekender too.  Needless to say, I had to eat my lunch whilst I was working, and I’ve not had time to read Alan King’s column yet either.


 

 

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